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Utensils from the past

Audra Kenneson still tears up when making pies, but not from the frustration she felt as a crust-challenged teen. Now the emotion comes from cooking with her mother's old yellow plastic rolling pin and her grandmother's chipped ceramic pie plate.

"I can't make a pie without thinking of my mother and her mother, and wondering what they thought about as they made pies for their families," said Kenneson.

For many cooks, kitchen utensils and equipment inherited from family members provide a powerful link to those loved ones.

The hand-me-downs might not be worth as much money as jewelry or real estate, but they carry plenty of meaning, as The Eagle found when it asked readers about kitchen heirlooms. Dozens responded, many with humorous or touching stories.

Rolling pins and potato mashers topped the list, perhaps because they're associated with two iconic comfort foods -- homemade pie and mashed potatoes. But mixing bowls, nut choppers, casserole dishes, egg plates, measuring cups and many other objects spur fond memories.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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